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The Science of Intelligent Achievement: How Smart People Focus, Create and Grow Their Way to Success

ISBN: 978-0-85708-760-7
304 pages
January 2018, Capstone
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Smart strategies for pragmatic, science-based growth and sustainable achievement.

The Science of Intelligent Achievement teaches you the scientific process of finding success through your most valuable assets:

·      Selective focus – how selective are you with who and what you let into your life?

·      Creative ownership – how dependent are you on others for your happiness and success?

·      Pragmatic growth – how consistently and practically are you growing daily?

First, this book will show you how to develop your focus by being very selective with where you spend your mental energy. If you've failed to reach an important goal because you were distracted, misinformed, or overcommitted, then you know the role focus and selectivity play in achievement. Second, you will learn how to stop allowing your happiness and success to be dependent on other people and instead, start taking ownership over your life through creative work. Finally, you will learn the art of changing your life through pragmatic decisions and actions. Self-improvement is not the result of dramatic changes. Instead, science has shown that personal and professional change is initiated and sustained by consistent, practical changes. To grow, you must leverage the power of micro-decisions, personality responsibility, and mini-habits. Your own biology will not let you improve your life in any other way.

What do you currently value? What are working to attain? Have you been taught to value your job title or your relationship with some other person above all else? Have you been convinced that the most valuable things in life are your paycheck, the number of people who say 'hello' to you at the office, and the number of people who say 'I need you' at home? Or, have you become so passive in what you value that you let anyone and anything into your life, as long as whatever you let in allows you to stay disconnected from the cold hard truth that when things really go wrong in your life, the only person who will be able to fix it and the only person will be responsible for it is you. If so…welcome to fake success. Passivity, dependence, and the sacrifice of practical thinking and personal responsibility to fuzzy, grandiose ideals and temporary feelings — these are markers of fake success.

Intelligent Achievement, on the other hand, is not a moving target. It's not empty either. Instead, it's sturdy, full, and immovable. It's not something that's just handed to you. It's not something you're nudged to chase or coerced into wanting. Intelligent Achievement comes from within you. It's a collection of values that are aligned with who you are—values you have to protect and nurture. These values do not increase your dependence on other people and things. Instead, they relieve you of dependence. This kind of achievement is something that you have a part in building from the ground up—you know what's in it—you chose it, someone else didn't choose it for you.

Achieving real success means you must focus, create, and grow daily. The Science of Intelligent Achievement will show you how.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface: A Fool’s Guide to Fake Success

Acknowledgments

About the Author

Introduction: What is Intelligent Achievement?

Part 1: Selectivity

Chapter 1. Why Mental Energy is Your Most Valuable Asset

Chapter 2. How Busyness Leads to Burnout and Manipulation

Chapter 3. The Infection Known as “Other People’s Opinions”

Chapter 4. How Small-Minded People Block Big Goals

Chapter 5. Scientific Proof that 50% of Your Friendships are Fake

Chapter 6. How to Deal With Negative People Without Becoming Negative

Chapter 7. Why You Need to Go on a Relationship Fast

Chapter 8. Automaticity, Scaling, and the Rise of Mental Loops

Chapter 9. Tracking Emotions and Predicting Feelings

Chapter 10. How to Label and Close Your Brain’s Open Loops

Chapter 11. Keep it and Clarify it, or Delete it from Your Life Completely

Part 2: Ownership

Chapter 12. Where Millennials and Baby Boomers Meet

Chapter 13. “Entre-Employee” and Temp-Staffer are the Only Career Tracks Left

Chapter 14. Content Marketing is Ownership

Chapter 15. Leveraging Walt Disney’s Secret System of Creativity

Chapter 16. Finding Your Voice and Letting the Right Audience Pick You

Chapter 17. Why a Good Story Will Make You More Money Than a Great Product

Chapter 18. The Magic of Turning Your Message into a Magnet

Chapter 19. How to Build up Your Virtual Rolodex

Chapter 20. Developing and Automating a Message-Driven Content

Chapter 21. Turning Your Message into a Minimum Viable Product

Chapter 22. What Happens When Your MVP Meets Your Market?

Chapter 23. How to Create a Non-Sleazy Sales Page That Converts

Chapter 24. The Addiction of Vanity Analytics and How to Really Use Social Media

Chapter 25. The Laws of Convergence, Replication, and Accelerated Returns

Part 3: Pragmatism

Chapter 26. Turning Pain into Productivity Through Pragmatism

Chapter 27. One Non-Negotiable is Worth a Thousand To-Dos

Chapter 28. The Real Theory of Relativity and The Law of Relaxed Productivity

Chapter 29. Avoiding Drama, FOMO, and “Blind Spot Ignorance”

Chapter 30. Preventing the Eight Deadly Productivity Pitfalls

Chapter 31. Is Everyone a Narcissist Now?

Chapter 32. Seeing Through the Victim Illusion

Chapter 33. How Decision Fatigue Reduces Willpower

Chapter 34. Hacking and Stacking Mini-Habits to Success

Chapter 35. Leveraging Boredom and Filling the Mental Void

Conclusion. A Practical Guide to Intelligent Adventure

Epilogue: Legacy

Bonus: Achieving Alignment

Index

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